NGO Open Appeal in Defence of Freedom of Peaceful Assembly
In 2011 administrative courts issued over 200 decisions regarding applications to ban peaceful gatherings, with the gatherings being prohibited in 90% of these cases. The tendency this year has been towards an increase in the number of such cases and in the percentage of bans
Kharkiv Anti-Language Law protest camp restored following attack
During the early hours of Wednesday morning an attack took place on the tent camp of activists protesting against the language law increasing the role of Russian which President Yanukovych signed a week ago.
Peaceful language law protest banned from another site in Kharkiv
The court ban was again instigated by the City Council with the grounds raising questions about both the Council’s and court’s familiarity with the European Convention and European Court of Human Rights case law
Anti-language law protest a health hazard … - if you want to ban it
The Kharkiv District Administrative Court has allowed an application from the City Council and banned an indefinite protest against the Law on the Principles of State Language Policy beginning on 10 August on Freedom Square
Crimean courts find against civic activists
Simferopol and Sevastopol courts found two young activists of the campaign “Revenge for Dividing Ukraine” guilty under electoral legislation, although the Party of the Regions is continuing to break the law by advertising without registration
Ukraine against Yanukovych peaceful protest tents dismantled
The police accompanied by the Deputy Mayor of Chyhyryn in the Cherkasy region refused to allow a tent set up by the United Opposition to gather signatures in support of the campaign Ukraine against Yanukovych
Pretexts for banning peaceful protest: if you could only laugh
Maxim Sereda and Tetyana Pechonchyk have examined the ever-increasing number of occasions where totally peaceful protests are banned in Ukraine, and the frequently extraordinary pretexts offered.
Cherkasy court bans political protest for nearly 2 months
The Cherkasy District Administrative Court has banned any political protests on Soborna Square in the centre of Cherkasy.
Language law prompts most protests in three years
The Centre for Public Research reports that despite summer usually being a dead time for socio-political life, the number of protests in Ukraine has broken all records.
Two cases thrown out of Kharkiv court over language law protest, one remains
The police had accused them of infringing the rules for holding a protest rally. The judge found no administrative offence
Odessa small business owners trying to see Prime Minister stopped by traffic police
According to the Committee of Participants in the Orange Revolution, the coaches were blocked by traffic police cars. They allege that the traffic police gave no reason, making it clear only that they were not going to get any further.
Cherkasy: Riot police roughly disperse „language law” protest
A Berkut riot police unit has demolished a tent camp holding protesters against the Law on the Principles of State Language Policy “adopted” in a blitzkrieg move on Tuesday. Gazeta.ua reports that the protest’s organizers – Mykola Bulatetsky from BYUT and his son Maxim have been arrested
Master-class in Distortion from the Police
Marina Hovorukhina from the Centre for Civil Liberties writes about the lessons in discrediting the victims provided by the Interior Ministry’s Public Liaison Department in their efforts to sway public opinion where the police have acted against the law
Centre for Civil Liberties accuses Police of lying
The Centre for Civil Liberties has issued a statement expressing deep concern over what it calls untruthful information circulated by the Kyiv Police Department in an attempt to justify the detention on Sunday of civic activist Nazar Boyarsky and unwarranted dispersal of a peaceful protest
Demonstration in Kyiv in support of Ales Bialiatski broken up
On Sunday members of a protest in support of imprisoned Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski were stopped by police who removed all their leaflets. One of the activists, Nazar Boyarsky was detained supposedly for infringing the rules for organizing public events
Peaceful protest against torture banned in Zaporizhya
Officials refused to register the notification of plans to hold the protest and said that the notification needed to be submitted 10 days before the event
Can the new version of the law on peaceful assembly make a difference?
Roman Kuybida, one of the members of the working group on the Law on Peaceful Assembly believes that progress has finally been made and that the law if passed could improve the situation with freedom of assembly
Court again protects Yanukovych from journalists
For the second year running, a court has banned a totally peaceful gathering by the civic movment Stop Censorship in the village of Novi Petrivtsi near the President’s reputedly sumptuous residence at Mezhyhirya.
UHHRU calls on MPs to rework draft law on peaceful assembly
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has called on the relevant parliamentary committee to rework Draft Law No. 2450 to ensure that the right to peaceful assembly is fully observed as demanded by Ukraine’s Constitution and the European Convention